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10:55 AM ET, August 10, 2010

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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House unloads anger over criticism by ‘professional left’  —  The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity.  —  During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
THAT WAS NO TEACHER... Unhinged Leftist Who Confronted Palin Is a Singer in a Drag Queen Band (Photo)  —  The poor little unhinged leftists had their panties in a bunch today after Sarah Palin confronted a far left loon for her rude and aggressive sign in Homer, Alaska.
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There you go again, LSM  —  While filming the Alaska documentary in Homer, I had a brief discussion with a local lady who, in typical Alaska style, decided to give me her two cents worth about my political leanings, American politics in general, and much else besides.
Mac Ranger / Macsmind:
Kathleen Gustafson Radio Stunt?  ****UPDATE: Singer in a Drag-Queen Band Too?  ***Much More, this was a Complete Setup that Backfired****UPDATE: Gustafson a “Theater Tech”?  —  Been digging around on Mrs Gustafson.  —  Seems she's a personality of sorts on KBBI AM 890 Homer Alaska.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin gets in dustup with teacher
Anchorage Daily News:
Plane with 8 on board crashes off Dillingham  —  5 good Samaritans reportedly on scene as weather hampers rescue  —  Severe weather has hampered the rescue operation for eight people believed to be on board a GCI-owned aircraft that crashed near Dillingham on Monday night with possible fatalities …
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Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Official: Stevens believed aboard crashed airplane
Discussion: Anchorage Daily News
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Former Sen. Stevens reportedly in Alaska plane crash
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Gay Bar at Ground Zero  —  This is kind of a jerk move.  But it's a brilliant jerk move.  I am hoping that at least one person will attempt to explain why we should support the mosque near Ground Zero, but not the gay bar next to the mosque near Ground Zero.  I would find that very entertaining.
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Greg Gutfeld / Big Hollywood:
Investment Opportunity: My Ground Zero Islamic Gay Bar
Discussion: Pajamas Media
New York Post:
MTA approves bus ads opposing Ground Zero mosque
New York Times:
Fed-Up Flight Attendant Makes Sliding Exit  —  It has been a long time since flight attendant was a glamorous job title.  The hours are long.  Passengers with feelings of entitlement bump up against new no-frills policies.  Babies scream.  Security precautions grate but must be enforced.
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Fed Will Meet With Concerns on Deflation Rising  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve will meet on Tuesday faced with a pivotal decision about whether to abandon its presumption that the economy is gradually picking up steam and begin to consider new steps to keep the recovery from sputtering out.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
GOP Maintains Lead on Generic Ballot for Congress  —  Second week in a row favorable to Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans have a 49% to 43% lead over Democrats among registered voters in Gallup's generic ballot for Congress for the week of Aug. 2-8, the second straight week …
Discussion: Hot Air and Top of the Ticket
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John H. Richardson / Esquire:
Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican  —  In the twelve years since he resigned in defeat and disgrace, he has been carefully plotting his return to power.  As 2012 approaches, he has raised as much money as all of his potential rivals combined and sits atop the polls for the Republican presidential nomination.
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Levi Johnston for mayor. . . really  —  Reality show follows Palin player's bid for office  —  Levi Johnston is setting his sights on the dysfunctional family business.  —  Johnston will run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska — yes, the same job that propelled Sarah Palin to governor of that state …
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Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Manager: Levi Johnston to run for city office in Alaska
Discussion: Politics Daily, Wonkette and The Page
Megan Carpentier / TPMMuckraker:
Conservapedia: E=mc2 Is A Liberal Conspiracy  —  To many conservatives, almost everything is a secret liberal plot: from fluoride in the water to medicare reimbursements for end-of-life planning with your doctor to efforts to teach evolution in schools.  But Conservapedia founder …
Wall Street Journal:
Are Americans Bigots?  —  Attacking the motives of those who disagree with elite opinion has become all too common.  —  When in 1983 Ronald Reagan characterized the Soviet Union as an “evil empire,” the reaction from his betters was swift.  Writing in the New York Times, Anthony Lewis called it …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
WikiLeaks' blow to the surge  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made clear that his objective in releasing tens of thousands of classified documents was to “end the war in Afghanistan” and “oppose an unjust [war] plan before it reaches implementation.”  He may well achieve his goal.
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
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Jeanne Whalen / Wall Street Journal:
Rights Groups Join Criticism of WikiLeaks
Washington Post:
From Google and Verizon, a path to an open Internet  —  We have spent much of the past year trying to resolve our differences over the thorny issue of “network neutrality.”  This hasn't been an easy process, and Google and Verizon are neither regulators nor legislators.
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Craig Aaron / The Huffington Post:
Google-Verizon Pact: It Gets Worse
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Happy Hour Roundup: Rand Paul campaign threatens GQ mag  —  UPDATE: The Rand Paul campaign is now threatening legal action against GQ magazine over its much-discussed report quoting an anonymous woman claiming Paul kidnapped her in college and forced her to take bong hits.
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GQ:
GQ Exclusive: Rand Paul's Kooky College Days (Hint: There's …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary for Vice President?  —  The movement is gaining traction.  —  As President Obama sinks in the polls, Democrats and liberal pundits inevitably are searching for a scapegoat.  The most likely victim appears to be gaffe-prone Vice President Joe Biden, who has become the focus …
Discussion: Althouse and Corrente
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon to cut thousands of jobs, defense secretary says  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday that the Pentagon will cut thousands of jobs, including a substantial chunk of its private contractors and a major military command based in Norfolk, as part of an ongoing effort …
Discussion: Politics Daily
The Huffington Post:
GOP To Introduce Lame-Duck Prohibition Resolution, Citing Browner's Remarks On Energy Bill  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  House Republicans are going forward with plans to introduce a resolution on Tuesday to prohibit the House of Representatives from assembling during the two-month period following the November elections.
 
 
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Conor Dougherty / Wall Street Journal:
Incomes Fall in Most Metro Areas
CNN:
Waters: I will not be a ‘sacrificial lamb’
Discussion: The Hill and The Hill
Michael Mandelbaum / The New Republic:
The Downsizing of American Foreign Policy
Discussion: RealClearWorld and American Power
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Florida Starts Primary Vote Marathon
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Horror Show  —  The employment situation in the United States …
Discussion: Philly.com
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WJLA-TV's Doug McKelway suspended after clash with station manager, sources say
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Romenesko
 Earlier Items: 
Kennedy Odede / New York Times:
Slumdog Tourism  —  SLUM tourism has a long history …
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Barbour mail hits Iowa
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
The Rise of the Permabears  —  LONDON — The central question …
Discussion: The Big Picture and Money Game